Your name: Louise Wilce.

Where are you from?: Manchester originally, but now live in Rugby.

Why did you start to run?

Well my ‘reason to run’ story was recently featured in Women’s Running Magazine.

But in short, I began running to train for the 2015 Great Manchester Run 10k in memory of my dad, to raise funds for The Christie, a cancer treatment and research centre who looked after him, and as a way to cope with grief.

What do you love most about running?

It’s a part of the day that’s for me, away from the noise and pressure of work, busy life and having a small child. I love how great I feel afterwards and how it encourages me to make healthy choices in other aspects of my life such as trying to eat and sleep better and try other fitness activities such as pilates.

How often do you run? 3-4 times a week currently – training for the 2017 London Marathon!

Do you have a favourite race you have ran?:

Well….I have two.

The first is Coventry Half Marathon 2016 where I raced in perfect wintry conditions and got my half marathon PB – 2:09!

The second was the Milton Keynes Festival of Running 2016 where I ran 20 miles. This is special to me because of how much it taught me about training and discipline, and on the day itself I felt amazing.

Do you have a favourite medal?

Probably the medals from above, or my ‘I love Manchester’ medal from a 10k race in Manchester in 2016, because Manchester is home.

What’s the best piece of advice you have been given about running?

Can I choose two again? 🙂

The first is to keep distance hidden on my watch so I am not constantly checking how far I have run (or have remaining!)

The second is from a runner friend of mine, Lisa, who once said ‘It’s only running’. It really helped me get running into perspective when I was fretting about being under prepared for some race or other, and is now my mantra on many long runs.

What running shoes do you wear?

Asics Kayano 23

You are stuck on a desert island with 3 people, who are they?

My husband Dave, my 4 year old son Alexander and cat Stanley

Favourite film and why?

A 1980’s film, Parenthood, with Steve Martin. Probably because every time I watch it I notice something new about a character or part of the plot. It really captures the chaos, warmth and ridiculousness of life…plus I really love Steve Martin, he reminds me of my dad as he was also a very funny silver fox!

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Your name: Katie Griffith

Where are you from? St Asaph, Wales

Why did you start to run?

I enjoyed long distance in school and got back into it during my time in uni. I’m using it as a way to lose weight for my wedding at the moment.

What do you love most about running?

I love the feeling you get after completing a big run and the atmosphere you get at an organised race. The crowds you see can be amazing!

How often do you run?

3-4 times a week

Do you have a favourite race you have ran?

Rock n roll Half Marathon in Liverpool. I’ll be running the Rock n Roll Liverpool full marathon this May.

Do you have a favourite medal?

Rock n Roll World Tour Medal.

What’s the best piece of advice you have been given about running?

Don’t get put off if you have a bad run. We all have good days and bad days. Just enjoy it!

What running shoes do you wear?

Asics.

You are stuck on a desert island with 3 people, who are they?

My fiancee/running partner called Graham and although they’re not human we would have to have his two black labradors with us because theyre amazing!

Favourite film and why?

Dirty dancing because Patrick Swayze was gorgeous back in the day!

You can follow Katie ready for UKRunChat hour on Twitter here @katielgriffith and Instagram here @katielgriffith